Today we’d like to introduce you to Cristina Briseno.
Cristina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles CA, my mother a single immigrant mother, I’ve had adversities since the day I was born, but I always knew I was different and knew I was born to do more. We lived with many relatives throughout my childhood, never a real place we could call home, our time was always limited until it was time to go to the next family that would take us in.
As I got into my teenage years, I became very rebellious because of the dysfunction and my childhood was not a normal kids childhood. I began smoking weed at 12 years old, I ran away at 16 years old, I got into drugs and alcohol & bad relationships for the next 10-11 years. But in these bad years, I knew what I was doing was no good, I was just a follower, I knew in my heart it would lead me to death or Jail, I knew I was better than that, I knew I had to beat those adversities and not be a victim of my childhood.
In 1997, I began working as a receptionist for a real estate office in Norwalk, CA I was 18 years old, that is when I met my mentor for the next few years, Maria Looney, who took me under her wing and showed everything there was to know about the Mortgage and the Real Estate industry, I will always be grateful to her for taking the time and effort to show a girl like me who was very troubled that there was much more to life, sometimes all it takes is for one person to believe in you and help you. Since I got into real estate, I’ve been able to transition from an assistant to loan officer to now owning my own branch in Long Beach, Ca. My biggest success would be my relationships, my husband George and our three awesome kids Alexa, Kiana and Tristan, and also my awesome staff who are also my family, I couldn’t do all of this without them. I feel truly blessed!!!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been far from smooth for me that’s for sure, when my husband and I took off in real estate, we became successful really fast, by the time I was 27 and he was 31, we had made over a million dollars, we purchased a few homes, lived on top of the hill, keeping up with the Jones’s traveling and enjoying life. Life was amazing so we thought, until the major real estate crash in 2008, we lost everything, homes, cars everything we had worked so hard for, We went from living on the top of the hill to a 900 square foot apartment trying to survive. We had no choice but to beat adversity once again, losing it all, made us realize who we truly were. It brought us to a humble place, we realized possessions didn’t make us who we were, we tapped into our faith, belief, and our spirituality, that’s how we were able to come back again, but this time it was different, we were stronger than ever, we got back on our feet and now we own our own branch and have an amazing team that believes in our visions of what we are creating.
The Mortgage Guy’s – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our company is a mortgage broker, which means we have more options than most of our competition. We specialize in low rates and exceptional customer service. We don’t depend on marketing or being an in house lender which means we earn our business, we don’t buy it. We have a 90 percent referral and return business ratio while maintaining a top 1 percent in the nation as a mortgage broker and multiple time Platinum award winner. We are never satisfied, we always look for ways to be better and serve our clients and our community.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I believe success is not money, material items or possessions. Don’t get me wrong, we all like nice things, but I believe success is more of the relationships we built with the people we help, and value. Success is our immediate family, our work family, client and community family. In the near future, I plan to do more speaking events to speak to other woman and let them know they can also overcome any adversity and make their tragedy a triumph, that failure is stepping stone success, they are just lessons in life that make us powerful, We are given the tools in life, but it’s up to us to do the work & succeed no one is coming to save us, Family = Success!!!
- Address: The Mortgage Guy’s
2699 E 28th St #412
Signal Hill, CA 90755
- Phone: 562 715-3749
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